Joseph Methu kept his cool in the final and decisive 6th round of the 7th Capablanca Cup when he held Vasanth Ramesh to a hard fought draw to ensure that he took the top spot.
Joseph Methu finished with 5/6 to end up in joint first with Peter Gilruth who also ended up with 5/6 but with a lower tie break. They each went home with a cash prize of KES 12,500 (USD 125) and a trophy.
The event attracted a total of 26 players in the tough Open section over 6 rounds with the top seed being Peter Gilruth of Nairobi Chess Club and who is rated 2182.
In the U1800 a total of 29 players battled it out over 6 rounds with Ernst Otanga scooping the top prize with a clean 6/6 to go home with KES 7,500 (USD 75) and a glittering trophy. Mushfig Habilov and Kiri Gilruth both of Nairobi Chess Club were in joint second place with 5 points.
The biggest upsets of the event was when Peter Diing defeated hot favourite Peter Gilruth in their round 2 encounter.
The event was sponsored by Dr Mujahid Din in honour of his late father Mohamed Younis Din who was a chess enthusiast in his days. See story on 7th Capablanca Cup sponsor’s story and other details.
The other sponsor of the went was long time Nairobi Chess Club supporter Aslam Adam from London.